Posts Tagged ‘rule of law’

Donald Trump: Above the Law?

December 5, 2017

Donald Trump: Above the Law?

John Dowd, one of President Trump’s lawyers, told Mike Allen of Axios that the president cannot be charged with obstruction of justice:

“The ‘President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.'”

“The Articles of Impeachment against Nixon began by saying he ‘obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice.'”

— “Trump lawyer claims the ‘President cannot obstruct justice,'” Mike Allen, Axios

Presidents can’t obstruct justice? Attorney General Jeff Sessions disagrees. Back in 1999, as an Alabama senator, he said “The facts are disturbing and compelling on the President’s intent to obstruct justice,” he said, referring to Bill Clinton.

“Sessions isn’t alone. More than 40 current GOP members of Congress voted for the impeachment or removal of Clinton from office for obstruction of justice. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – who mounted his own passionate appeal to remove Clinton from office for obstruction of justice – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, who was a House member at the time. In all, 17 sitting senators supported the obstruction of justice charge against Clinton in 1998 and 1999.”

— “Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice,” Kyle Cheney, Politico

More:

“Trump’s Lawyer Claims the President Is Above the Law,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Donald Trump’s I-am-the-law defense on the Russia investigation,” Chris Cillizza, CNN

“A bold new legal defense for Trump: Presidents cannot obstruct justice,” Sari Horwitz and Philip Rucker, Washington Post

“19 Times President Trump May Have Obstructed Justice,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine

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There is Law on ‘An Island In the Pacific’: Jeff Sessions is Amazed

April 21, 2017

There is Law on 'An Island In the Pacific': Jeff Sessions is Amazed
Speaking on Mark Levin’s radio show, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed Hawaiian Federal Judge Derrick Watson’s order blocking President Trump’s latest ‘Muslim ban”:

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is clearly suggesting that Hawaii is not a real state.

As Martin Longman observes:

“… Hawaii is not only a series of islands in the Pacific, but it is the least white and most ethnically and racially diverse state in the country. That probably has at least a little to do with why a white conservative man from Alabama named after the former president of the Confederacy and the man who fired on Ft. Sumter doesn’t think it’s a legitimate part of America.”

— “Sessions Suggests That Hawaiians Aren’t Real Americans,” Martin Longman, Washington Monthly

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The Law & Order Candidate

October 12, 2016

The Law & Order Candidate

Donald Trump declared himself “the law and order candidate” back in July. He certainly has an impressive legal record for someone who is not a lawyer, having been involved in over 3500 lawsuits. During Sunday’s Town Hall talk-a-thon he proclaimed “We’re going to bring back law and order,” then demonstrated utter contempt for the rule of law.

Although any viewer of televised Law & Order fiction knows “You have the right to an attorney,” Mr. Trump berated Hillary Clinton for acting as court-appointed legal counsel for an accused rapist when she was a young lawyer in Arkansas. And of course the GOP candidate sticks to his promise of extrajudicial mass deportation of undocumented immigrants.

But Mr. Trump’s promise to jail his political opponent has provoked a greater reaction, since that’s what “banana republic” dictators do, not United States presidents. “It’s just awfully good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” observed Secretary Clinton. Many agree.

More:

“CNN’s Dana Bash: Trump’s ‘stunning’ threat to jail Clinton was like ‘Stalin or Hitler,’”
David Ferguson, Raw Story

“GOP ex-prosecutors slam Trump over threat to ‘jail’ Clinton,” Josh Gerstein, Politico

“Outrage Over Donald Trump Threat to Punish Hillary Clinton: ‘You’d Be in Jail,’” Scott Collins, The Wrap

“Donald Trump’s ‘You’d Be In Jail’ Line Finally Proves That A Despot Is Running For President,” Claire Elizabeth Felter, Bustle

“Trump Shows His Inner Dictator,” Amy Davidson, The New Yorker

“Donald Trump’s threat to imprison Hillary Clinton is a threat to democracy,” Zack Beauchamp, Vox

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